Posted Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The Morris County Freeholderspresented Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medals to 12 county veterans on Sept. 11 in recognition of their military service.
Morris Freeholders Honor County's VeteransThe medals were presented during a ceremony in Morristown, during which Freeholder Director Thomas Mastrangelo thanked the veterans, on behalf of all Morris County citizens, for their service.
He noted the date of the veterans’ ceremony coincided with the 12th anniversary of the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, when nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks on our nation.

“Over the years, we have assured the families of the 9/11 victims that we would not forget their loved ones,” Mastrangelo said.  “This evening, we assure you, our veterans, that we will never forget you and your service to our nation.”
Those receiving medals were Army veterans Thomas J. Davenport of Pompton Plains; Anthony F. Semiz of Hopatcong; Orlando DePascale Sr of Wharton; and Thomas D. Dresdner of Chatham Township.

A medal was posthumously presented to Army veteran Albert J. Mazzatta of Doverand was accepted by his sister, Angelina.

Navy veterans Domenick Missaggia of Denville and F. Edward (Tony) Ramirez of Rockaway received medals as did Marine veterans David R. Gravel of Madisonand Timothy H. Masker of Randolph.  Marine veteran William J. Carroll IV of Wharton is currently serving in Afghanistan, and his medal was accepted by his wife, Diana.

Marshall E. Collins of Mountain Lakes and Morristownresident Elliot E. Holder IV, both Air Force veterans, were also medal recipients.

The freeholders began the recognition program in 1999, and have since presented more than 9,000 medals to veterans who have served active duty during conflicts from World War II to today’s war against terrorism, or to their families.

To be eligible, a veteran may be a current or former Morris Countyresident, but did not have to live in the county during his or her time of active duty.  A veteran must have received an honorable discharge, and discharge papers are required.

Veterans or their family members must register with the Morris County Department of Human Services Veterans Services Office at 973-285-6866.